Profs Urge RI To Keep Indoor Prostitution Legal


Fifty professors from across the country are urging Rhode Island lawmakers not to ban indoor prostitution, reports the Providence Journal. In the U.S., only Rhode Island and and several counties in Nevada allow indoor prostitution, but the state’s legislators are trying to change the law.

“C0mpared to street workers, women and men who work indoors generally are much safer and less at risk of being assaulted, raped, or robbed,” the professors wrote. “They also have lower rates of sexually transmitted infections, enter prostitution at an older age, have more education, and are less likely to be drug-dependent or have a history of childhood abuse.” The letter was written by George Washington University Prof. Ronald Weitzer and Nassau Community College Prof. Elizabeth Wood, and it was signed by educators from such institutions as New York University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Victoria University in New Zealand.

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